Follow up to the last post, the benefit concerts for Jay Smith’s family raised over $140,000. This was the episode on Friday before that weekend’s events.
Open the show with Gianna Lauren who was playing Kingston that weekend.
After I play Jay Smith’s solo CD in its entirety. He passed away after a gig in Edmonton in March and a benefit concert for Jay’s children was held in Nova Scotia the weekend this episode aired. You can also donate online.
Thanks to Stephanie Beaumont and her website ‘Sea and Be Scene’ for keeping up to date with the info on the concerts. Used her blog during the show to read from.
To conclude the show another song from Gianna and 2 songs from Don Brownrigg. Found out on Twitter before the show began they were roommates at one time. Complete luck I grabbed those discs for the show that night.
Should touch on the bombing in Boston.
The world is a dangerous place. The good people outnumber the bad, however the dark side can pop up anywhere. Even next door.
Years ago I was living in another part of Kingston and there was an attempted murder next door in the front yard. The neighbour’s boyfriend must have gotten involved with some nasty people. Saw the story in the paper a couple of days later.
Two guys beat up the boyfriend in the yard, stabbed him and put their attack dog on him. They ran into their car as he crawled back into her house bleeding all over the ground. Thankfully he lived and the police caught those men within 3 days. Sounded like a drug deal gone bad.
Where was I when that happened? In bed. I did hear a commotion outside but I was on the opposite side of the building and went back to sleep. Next morning was a Sunday and I see police tape outside and blood stained grass. Realized that going to bed early that Saturday was a lucky decision.
Does show how you never know where something bad can happen.
With my Dad being in the Army 23 years I always watched news from an early age. Felt like I should keep tabs on the world since he might get sent somewhere. Since he ended up doing 3 peacekeeping tours of Bosnia I was right on that front. So in the 1980’s I recall seeing reports of the IRA bombings in London. Then I was watching Yugoslavia in a civil war, a country that held a Winter Olympics in 1984 and 7 years later was killing each other in the streets. Not many people in high school was reading a book on the Yugoslav Wars like I was.
The town near the base was deserted after the war. I remember seeing a home movie one of the guys my Dad was working with shot of them driving around a town. It looked like a small town in Canada except every house looked like swiss cheese from the mortars and bullets. Ended up being a drought in the area. Luckily they didn’t shoot footage of the river. A river started drying up which usually isn’t newsworthy. Except at the bottom of the river were countless bodies that had been killed and tossed in during the civil war.
Side effect for me is “evil” acts don’t shock me as most people. Whether that’s good or bad? Depends on your point of view.
Been couple of months since a blog post, sad news to pass along but musician Jay Smith passed away recently. Jay was a guitarist for the Matt Mays band and also put out his own self titled CD in 2011. Which I had played on the show a number of times since then.
There is a memorial concert being held this Sunday with benefits going towards Jay’s two young children. Stephanie Beaumont has more details on the concert on her blog ‘Sea and Be Scene’
This Friday on the show in Jay’s memory I’ll be playing his album in its entirety. Donations are also being taken online. Visit the Matt Mays website and click on the DONATE button.
Following was from Matt’s website after Jay’s death.
Jay Smith – 1978-2013
Posted on March 28, 2013
Our guitar player and dear friend Jay Smith passed away yesterday morning in Edmonton. As you can all imagine, we are completely devastated. However, in our heart of hearts we know that we need to Play on. Jay’s family as well as the band know he would have wanted it that way. All the proceeds from the remaining shows will be put into a trust for his two beautiful children. Please click here [http://www.mattmays.com/] if you would like to make a donation.
Jay’s wit, charm, and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten. He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and song forever.
Matt, Serge, Damien, Adam and Matt